Blazer free agents on their future and possible last game as a member of the team

Blazer free agents on their future and possible last game as a member of the team
April 25, 2012, 10:06 pm
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ChrisHaynes, CSNNW.com Trail Blazers Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)

ThePortland Trail Blazers held their last practice session at the UtahJazz practice facility and from the sound of it from the lobbywaiting area, you might have mistaken it for a team who was preparingfor a first round playoff matchup.

It sounded that intense.

Today'spractice was the last time a lot of guys will sport Trail Blazerspractice gear and some of of the free agents reflected on their timeas a Blazer if this is indeed the end.

NicolasBatum (restricted free agent)

Didyou think about this being your last practice as a Blazer?

Yeah,my last game, my last practice. I don't know what's going to happenJuly 1. I maybe back I may not. I don't know yet. Free agency iscrazy. If they match (another teams offer), I'm going to stay herenext year...I don't know yet, we'll see.

J.J.Hickson (restricted free agent)

Didyou think about this being your last practice as a Blazer?

Noit hasn't. If I'm here next year that's not up to me. It's up to thepowers that be. I'm just looking to get a good practice in like Ijust did and get ready for Utah tomorrow."

Doyou want to remain in Portland?

Ofcourse. This organization thinks highly of me and vice versa. It's atype of mutual thing. It's a win-win for me and the organization.So, why not?"

HasheemThabeet (unrestricted free agent)

Didyou think about this being your last practice as a Blazer?

I'mjust trying to finish this game tomorrow and then we'll know fromthere. I can't control the future especially in this business. I justcome in and workout tomorrow and then we'll know after that."

Doyou want to remain in Portland?

"Iwould love to stay here. I'm grateful to be here. I like it here, Ilike the coaches, teammates and hopefully I'll get to stay."

JonnyFlynn (unrestricted free agent)

Didyou think about this being your last practice as a Blazer?

Ofcourse. I'm a free agent coming up and you never know what couldhappen, but if it is my last practice,it was fun. I got to grow closewith these guys, coaching staff, training staff, and the organizationalso. We'll have to see what happens."

Doyou think you were able to show the city of Portland what you werecapable of doing?

Ithink I showed glimpses, not everything but glimpses of what I couldpotentially do and what I can do. That's what I'm happy about becausein Houston I couldn't even show a glimpse, I couldn't show anything.I was deep on the bench. Just to be out here playing every game is a blessing."

JoelPrzybilla (unrestricted free agent)

Wasit a mistake for you not to have gone to the Chicago Bulls or theMiami Heat?

Notat all. I watch their games, I watch a lot of games. You sound likemy wife she always ask me that. She should know me by now. I'm thetype of person where I don't think twice about nothing. That's justthe way I am.

What'sthe situation with your left foot and your playing status past thisseason?

Imight have to have a minor surgery (to remove bone spurs) when the season is over. I'll beout a couple of weeks, nothing serious. But I definitely want toprobably play next year...I definitely want to play. I really enjoyedit this year and I think next year if I did decide to come back, I'llbe more prepared because this season had so many games crammedtogether.

RaymondFelton (unrestricted free agent)

Willyou play in the season finale tomorrow?

It'sa game time decision. I'm sore, foot don't feel good, so we'll seewhat happens.

Youlook like you're ready for this season to be over. Is that safe tosay?

It'sbeen a long season. It's been tough. Banged up, you know. But it'sthe last game, finish this game up and go home and get some rest andsee my family. That's what I'm ready to do, see my family.

JamalCrawford (player option)

Didyou think about this being your last practice as a Blazer?

Nah,I haven't thought it about it honestly. You never know what thefuture holds. I'm just focused on winning tomorrow night.

Whatyou think about this season with the Blazers?

Ithink the season didn't turn out the way we thought it would, part ofit was a rushed season but I don't think anybody envisioned thishappening."